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  • new story4 Shelby County jailers sentenced in pill scheme 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:57 pm

    MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Prosecutors say four former sheriff's employees have been sentenced to federal prison in a scheme to smuggle what they thought were OxyContin pills in the Shelby County Jail.

  • new storyDocuments show Iowa has backlog of criminal appeal cases 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:52 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa attorney general's office has gained approval to temporarily hire lawyers to deal with a backlog of criminal appeal cases that have piled up since an Iowa Supreme Court rule change in 2012.

  • new storyAngoon officials worry about mercury in subsistence foods 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:50 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - The city and tribal government of Angoon want state health officials to look into mercury levels in seals and other subsistence foods near Hawk Inlet.

  • new storyBledsoe case influences bill requiring taped interrogations 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:49 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Law enforcement would be required to record some interrogations under a bill influenced by the case of a Kansas man who spent nearly 16 years behind bars for a killing his brother eventually admitted to committing.

  • new story3 killed after brief police chase in San Francisco streets 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:48 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - Officials say three people died in a fiery crash after a car fleeing authorities crashed into a taxi in San Francisco streets.

  • new storyStafford citizens form multicultural coalition 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:47 pm

    STAFFORD, Virginia - Allen Goad's commute home July 3, 2015, left him alarmed and angry.

  • new storyWilliston district to hold bond referendum on new school 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:35 pm

    WILLISTON, North Dakota - A school district in Williston is holding a bond referendum on a new school as officials seek to alleviate overcrowding amid student enrollment growth.

  • new storyLonoke County deputy shoots, kills armed man in Austin 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:35 pm

    AUSTIN, Arkansas - A Lonoke County deputy has shot and killed a man while responding to a domestic disturbance report in Austin.

  • new storyU of Cincinnati hires police consultant after fatal shooting 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:32 pm

    CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati has hired an outside consultant for nearly $400,000 to review its police department for reforms in the aftermath of an officer's fatal shooting of a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate.

  • new storyNebraska fund would clarify financial onus of rape kit exams 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:30 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Some Nebraska survivors of sexual assaults mistakenly receive statements for costs of medical exams, despite state and federal law prohibiting it, advocates say.

  • new storyLawmakers to take up bill recognizing hate crimes 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:24 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Forty-five states have hate crime laws, but Indiana isn't one of them.

  • new storyKansas caucuses show party differences in voting approaches 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:22 pm

    WICHITA, Kansas - Kansas Republicans and Democrats are preparing for March 5 presidential caucuses amid questions about voter registration rules and with several thousand potential voters who have tried to register unable to cast a ballot in the 2016 elections because they haven't provided proof of citizenship.

  • new story1st woman brigadier general in West Virginia's history named 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:22 pm

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The first female brigadier general in West Virginia's history has officially been named.

  • new storyThe Latest: Security Council expected to condemn North Korea story has photos
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:21 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):

  • new storyAspen wants construction contractors to keep noise down 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:21 pm

    ASPEN, Colorado - The Aspen City Council has approved a new law that will require construction contractors to keep the noise down in the summertime as part of an effort to get people to spend more time outdoors in warmer months.

  • new storyRubio comes under withering criticism in Republican debate story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:20 pm

    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Donald Trump said he didn't have to win; Hillary Clinton didn't know whether she could. Marco Rubio said he was ready to lead the country; and Bernie Sanders said "don't jinx me" about predictions of a victory on Tuesday.

  • new storyPlagued by delays, California high-speed rail back in court 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:19 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - California voters embraced the idea of building the nation's first real high-speed rail system, which promised to whisk travelers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours, a trip that can take six hours or more by car. Eight years after they approved funding for it, construction is years behind schedule and legal, financial and logistical delays plague the $68 billion project.

  • new storyNominations sought for FOI Oklahoma awards 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:17 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Freedom of Information Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its annual awards program which recognizes individuals and organizations that promote the First Amendment.

  • new storyFlorida considers anti-discrimination bill for LGBT rights 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:16 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - When it comes to LGBT issues, Florida's Republican lawmakers are known more for trying to keep transgender people out of bathrooms, protect pastors from marrying same-sex couples and seek exemptions for private adoption agencies who don't want to place children with gay and lesbian couples.

  • new storyAfter suicide attempt, Missouri lawmaker speaks out 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:10 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri state Rep. Genise Montecillo is talking about her suicide attempt in hopes of helping others dealing with suicidal thoughts and depression.

  • new storyGOP to defendants: Don't spit on the prosecutor 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:06 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg was delivering his closing argument in the prosecution of a man accused of spitting on prison guards when he heard a crumpling noise behind him. Moments later, a wad of paper hit his shoulder - filled with the inmate's saliva.

  • new storyMany Oklahoma employees get raises despite salary freeze 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:04 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Thousands of Oklahoma state employees received pay raises last year and thousands more were hired despite warnings of an approaching budget shortfall and a personnel freeze ordered by Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • new storyAfter 2 ½ years, feds return money to man in marriage probe 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:02 pm

    WALLED LAKE, Michigan - Federal agents arrived around dawn at a home in suburban Detroit. Foggy at that hour and shirtless, the owner answered the door and was told he was the target of a sham marriage investigation.

  • new storyNorth Dakota Democrats working to rebuild downtrodden party story has photos
    Updated: Feb-07-16 11:57 am

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - Jed Hanson grew up in a conservative household in a conservative town in a conservative state, but didn't feel much of a connection to the Republican Party that has dominated North Dakota's political scene for decades.

  • new storySlain Italian student in Egypt suffered 'inhuman' violence story has photos
    Updated: Feb-07-16 11:54 am

    ROME - A second autopsy on the body of an Italian found slain in Egypt reveals that the doctoral student suffered "inhuman, animal-like" violence, Italy's interior minister said Sunday as he pressed Egypt's president to fully cooperate with the criminal investigation.